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Sports
8:48 am
Fri November 8, 2013

My, Oh My: Dave Niehaus Uplifted Struggling Baseball Team And City

Dave Niehaus was the “Voice of the Seattle Mariners.” His sudden and unexpected death on Nov. 10, 2010 from a heart attack was more than just a sports story. The news hit people hard. Niehaus was part of the cultural fabric of the Pacific Northwest, a role he played since the time he called the first pitch at the first Mariners game back in 1977.

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Architecture
12:03 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

The view from the Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, in Chicago.
FleishmanHillard

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 11:20 am

There's a question that's looming over the new skyscraper at the World Trade Center site in New York: Should it count as the tallest building in the country?

The developers say yes. But by some measures, the Willis Tower in Chicago — formerly known as Sears Tower — can still lay claim to the title.

Now, an obscure organization known as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is preparing to settle the debate.

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Elections 2013
5:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

McGinn Concedes, Reflects On Frustrating Moments As Mayor

McGinn concedes, saying he's offered to help his replacement Ed Murray in any way possible.
Credit Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn conceded the race to his challenger Ed Murray on Thursday. Meanwhile Murray said he wants to resign his state senate seat as soon as possible so he can focus on his transition to City Hall.

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Protest
4:17 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

33 Women Arrested During Immigration Rally – Including Mayor McGinn's Wife

Peggy Lynch, in the blue scarf, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, was arrested on Thursday for being part of a sit-in at the state's Republican Party headquarters.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

With an immigration reform bill stalled in the US House of Representatives, 33 women in the Seattle area staged a sit-in at the state’s Republican Party headquarters in Bellevue.

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Transportation
3:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Metro To Cut 74 Bus Routes If State Doesn’t Come Through

Metro tweeted this image of bus routes that are scheduled to be cut by mid-2014.
Credit Metro King County Photo

In a dramatic announcement on Thursday, Metro announced its plans to cut 74 bus routes by mid-2014 in response to the state's inability to pass a transportation package. Another 107 routes would be changed.

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Online Learning
10:39 am
Thu November 7, 2013

The Race To Sell Life Skills, From Body Language To Photoshop

Photographer Charlie Borland earned enough money through teaching online courses, he and his wife Barbara were able to buy an RV and sell their home in Bend, Ore.
N3 Photo/Julia Flucht

Online marketplaces like eBay, Craigslist and Etsy offer you a way to sell your stuff. But what about a place to sell your skills and expertise?

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Nuclear Waste
7:15 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Energy Department Says Leaking Tank At Hanford 'Stabilizing'

File photo of part of Hanford's C-Farm
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:31 pm

After nearly a year of study, the U.S. Department of Energy says fewer radioactive waste tanks appear to be leaking at Hanford than originally thought.

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Wall Street
3:56 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Twitter Pops To $44.90 A Share In Debut On Wall Street

Will it fly? The Twitter bird logo was decorating a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 3:43 pm

6 p.m. ET: Twitter Shares Close At $44.90

At the end of its first day of public trading, shares of Twitter were valued at $44.90, reflecting a market value of more than $31 billion. The company sold 70 million shares of stock, raising $1.82 billion in the process.

Earlier Thursday, the company's shares soared from their initial public offering price of $26.

2:35 p.m. ET:

As you can see if you click on the player below, Twitter's stock has been trading around $47 a share in recent minutes.

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Elections 2013
2:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Councilmembers Will Represent Districts – But Which One Is Yours?

Seattle will be divided into these seven districts. Residents of each district will elect a city councilmember to represent them.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Seattle prides itself on being a city of neighborhoods – small cities wedged between two bodies of water – but its city councilmembers are elected by the city at large.

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DUI
2:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High

In Washington state, dogs don't need to sniff out pot anymore, but troopers are keeping an eye out for high drivers.
Matthew Staver Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:44 pm

Western states have led the way in the legalization of marijuana, first with medical marijuana, and then with the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington last November.

It's been quite an adjustment for the police. Washington State Patrol is adapting to the new reality in a variety of ways, from untraining dogs that sniff out pot, to figuring out how to police high drivers.

A Smell Once Forbidden

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Socioeconomics
1:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

How Many Americans Live In Poverty?

Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:11 pm

As we reported earlier this year, there are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country.

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Adorable
1:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

You can help select a name for the National Zoo's new panda cub.
Abby Wood Smithsonian's National Zoo

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:45 pm

Fresh off Tuesday's election, another is just around the corner: The National Zoo wants you to help name its new panda cub by casting a vote at Smithsonian.com.

You can vote online (no photo identification required and the balloting continues until Nov. 22).

At NPR, we always strive to ensure that our audience is informed of the candidates — even when they're names for pandas.

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Business
1:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Deal In Place To Build Boeing 777X In Washington

The existing Boeing 777 in flight. The next generation variant would have a broader wingspan and could also feature a stretched fuselage.
Boeing

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:53 pm

 The Boeing Company and its Machinists union have reached a tentative deal that clears the way to build Boeing's next big jet in Washington state.

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Elections 2013
11:40 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Wife Beats Husband In Local Maine Election

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:33 pm

The election Tuesday for Ward 1 warden in Waterville, Maine, might have had as much to say about marital politics as partisan politics.

Democrat Jennifer Johnson beat out her husband, Republican David Johnson, by a margin of 127-76 votes.

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Elections 2013
8:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Sawant Trails Conlin For Council Seat But Vows To Keep Up Socialist Struggle

Kshama Sawant pumps her fist in celebration while talking about how the election demonstrates the growing success of the socialist party in Seattle.
Andrew Tat, The Daily

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant is trailing the incumbent, Richard Conlin.  But she’s not conceding; she’s holding out hope as more votes are counted. And she plans to keep her Socialist Alternative party involved in Seattle politics.

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